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AngkorSALAD

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Start project:
  • 2018
Donors:
  • Netherlands Space Office, ICCO
Partners:
  • ICCO

The Angkor Salad project will use geodata in order to deliver services that help at least 100,000 vegetable farmers in Cambodia to increase their production, income and food security, and reduce their inputs of water, fertilizer and pesticides. Five information services will be provided via an SMS service, Voice and Mobile App.

Agriculture is a lead sector for economic growth in Cambodia and employs nearly 60% of the country’s labor force. In Southeast Asia, Cambodia may be one of the countries that have pristine agricultural conditions. In large parts of many provinces, the application of agro-chemicals in farming is limited or absent. Yet, with growing vegetables, many farmers use a lot and a wide variety of agro-chemicals, especially fertilizers, hormones, and insecticides.

Vegetables are the second most important commodity after rice. While local production of vegetables has increased, it still only covers 40-60% of the country’s total demand, while the rest are imported from neighboring countries. With a growing middle class, the government’s promotion of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and organic practices, and the high potential for selling to export markets, the demand for safe, good quality vegetables will continue to grow, and as such, so will the planted area.

However, vegetable farmers face various challenges related to the climate including weather, water availability and increased incidences of pests and diseases. Additionally, smallholder farmers face increasing difficulties integrating into the food value chain. As such, vegetable farmers can benefit from gaining knowledge and skills on GAP, cultivation and irrigation techniques, pest and disease control and accessible market information.

Therefore, the Angkor Salad project will use geodata in order to deliver services that help at least 100,000 vegetable farmers in Cambodia to increase their production, income and food security, and reduce their inputs of water, fertilizer and pesticides. Five information services will be provided via an SMS service, Voice and Mobile App. These information services include:

• Irrigation Advice: Advice on volume, schedule and duration of irrigation based on geospatial data and volume of water required by the vegetables on their crop cycle.
• Fertilizer Advice: Recommendations on type and amount of fertilizer based on soil analysis and vegetable types.
• Crop Planning Advice: Advice on vegetable type and variety and when to plant based on variety trials of AVRDC depending on wet or dry season. Adapted to local soil and agro-ecological conditions and market demand.
Market Information: Daily buying price, buyer information, and associated logistical costs.
• Khmer GAP Compliance: Customized farm advice based on crop, farming system, location and how to produce safe, good quality vegetables (safe growing guidelines and practices). Includes self-audit checklist for GAP compliance.

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  • 2018
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Sustainable and Inclusive Fisheries and Livelihoods (SIFAL)

Communities in Kampong Chhnang and Kampong Thom have relied on catching wild fish as a source of income ...

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Project started:
  • 2016
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Investing Smallholder Producer Groups Accessing Markets (ISPAM)

The "Investing Smallholder Producer Groups Accessing Markets (ISPAM)" project is a 2-year project funded by Women's Bank and ...

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Project started:
  • 2016
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